Arkane's Smith says Microsoft is "ideal partner" for Bethesda

Arkane's Smith says Microsoft is "ideal partner" for Bethesda

The head of Arkane Studios Harvey Smith (pictured) has said that he can't imagine a "better partner" for its parent company Bethesda than Microsoft.

Speaking to Spanish publication Vandalas translated by WCCFTech – the developer said that the Xbox firm was a good fit for the company. He also said that there has been no change at Arkane just yet.

“I think the process is still unfolding, I can't say much about it because I don't know much either," Smith said.

“I would say there has been no change at Arkane so far, but if I were to imagine the ideal partner, thinking of all the publishers and the people I know who work for them, it would be very, very difficult to find a better partner for Bethesda than Microsoft. They fit perfectly.”

PR and marketing boss Pete Hines added: “Our companies share many of the same basic principles. We believe in a culture that values passion, quality, collaboration, and innovation. When I think back to the first time we decided to shift from being a PC-only developer and make Morrowind for the original Xbox, it was a move that countless people said would never work…nobody on consoles wanted a game that big and complex. But Microsoft believed in us and so did you. And now RPGs of all shapes and sizes are hugely successful on consoles.”

Microsoft announced in September that it was buying Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media for $7.5bn.

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